List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    English teacher (grades 9 and 12); riding faculty member; occasional assistant soccer coach or basketball book-keeper, coordinator of the Marvin Shagam Program for Ethics and Global Citizenship; Senior Class advisor and public-speaking coach.
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    I visited campus, took a tour, and witnessed Assembly: hooked!
  • What my students call me

    Mr. Jacobsen, Mr. J, Uncle Jake.
  • Favorite Thacher teaching moment

    When my former student, Alice Hyde, a senior, acted as my “T.A.” for a term and taught her first class of sophomores. She was brilliant!
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    In the library, in the English/History Office, or at the barn.
  • Since you asked me to brag, here are the professional accomplishments I'm most proud of

    1. Inaugurating the Senior Exhibition Program (originally an optional activity and now a signature program at Thacher).
    2. Working to develop the Global Citizenship Program, especially organizing our three-week cultural immersion in Senegal.
    3. Initiating the draft-horse program (a.k.a. “Teamsters”).
    4. Directing 27 theatrical productions and working collaboratively with Gallia Vickery and Greg Haggard.
  • Favorite job perk

    Learning from and collaborating with my talented and inspiring colleagues on the faculty.
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I was a cliff diver in my teenage years.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    The Gymkhana Field.
  • Favorite place in my imagination

    An endless savannah landscape with thousands of animals.
  • Favorite places on Earth

    Maine, New Mexico, Kenya, Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia.
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    A grandpa!